Student Spotlight: Jessica Sproviero

Meet Jessica Sproviero,Assistant Vice President at Merrill Financial Services Jessica Sproviero has been working for several years in finance (asst. VP at Merrill Financial Services) while pursuing a degree at Thomas Edison State University (TESU).  She entered the data science portion of the program (provided…

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Oct 6: Statistics in Practice

In our Briefing this week, we take a look at unemployment insurance fraud and a statistical tool for catching the crooks. Our course spotlight is on: Oct 23 - Nov 20:  Spatial Statistics See you in class! Peter Bruce Founder, Author, and Senior Scientist Unemployment…

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Unemployment Insurance Fraud – Catching the Crooks

The worldwide Covid recession has led to a dramatic increase in unemployment and, hence, Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims. The figure below, from the U.S. Dept. of Labor (via https://www.npr.org/2020/03/26/821580191/unemployment-claims-expected-to-shatter-records), shows new claims on a weekly basis. Compare the March Covid-related peak on the right to…

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